I hear ya... Things are much different now. There is a multitude of reasons for the gates being locked though. ****** bags dumping garbage, damaging or stealing equipment from logging sites are the main reasons. Second is liability from even bigger ****** bag lawyers suing property owners on the behalf of dumb asses being drunk and stupid and wrecking their vehicles on timber company property. And even though I enjoyed doing the same thing as you when I was young dumb kid, those logging outfits spent allot of money running a cat and grading those roads. Tearing them up before they can get gravel on them costs them more time and money. They cant get trucks up there to haul logs when they have to spend the time running a cat over the grade again.
It sucks to lose access to those areas but just look at all the mess people leave target shooting. It boggles my mind that people leave crap behind and can't figure out why they are losing places to shoot. Long winded rant from an old fart, but we have to police ourselfs and the areas we enjoy or they will be gone soon to.
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